Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Jeffrey Epstein Arrested in NY for Sex Trafficking of Minors

Jeffrey Epstein Arrested in NY for Sex Trafficking of Minors

Billionaire registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday in New Jersey on new sex trafficking charges, according to multiple media reports. He was arrested for trafficking underage girls yesterday and will appear in court Monday.

For more than a decade, Epstein's alleged abuse of minors has been the subject of lawsuits brought by victims, investigations by local and federal authorities, and exposés in the press.

The latest charges add a significant new wrinkle to the considerable political and legal saga surrounding Epstein.

Epstein was arrested on Saturday evening, multiple USA media reported, citing law enforcement sources.

Citing unnamed sources, the Herald reported Epstein is expected to be indicted on charges he molested dozens of underage girls in Florida and NY.

Epstein, whose friends included Donald Trump before he became president, former President Bill Clinton and Great Britain's Prince Andrew, was arrested in the NY area and charged by a federal prosecutor, according to reports Saturday.

Rumors had been circulating for months that Epstein was under investigation on sex charges in the Southern District of NY.

Epstein's deal was overseen by former Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who is now Trump's labor secretary. The deal also required he reach financial settlements with dozens of his once-teenage victims and register as a sex offender.

Sources tell ABC News that Epstein was picked up in NY on Saturday after returning to the United States from France.

Epstein reportedly will be charged with trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for his homes on the Upper East Side of NY and in Palm Beach, Fla.

The arrest comes amid renewed scrutiny of a once-secret plea deal that Epstein entered into. In that deal, described as a "deal of a lifetime", he pleaded in 2008 to two state prostitution charges and served only 13 months and avoided a federal trial.

Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager who once counted as friends former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain's Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump, was taken into federal custody, according to two officials. The core allegations revolved around an alleged scheme to recruit underage girls to Epstein's Palm Beach mansion for massages that, in many cases, led to sexual contact, according to court records and law enforcement documents.

FBI investigators found that Epstein used his victims to recruit other victims of a similar age in an operation that has been compared to the structure of a pyramid scheme. He was also granted liberal work-release privileges that allowed him to spend up to 16 hours a day at his office.

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